Sunday, September 23, 2012

School Daze September 24, 2012 ) Instrumental News

Those Autumn Leaves.... can you believe it, the Fall season has arrived. With the Fall season the annual Holiday Pie Fundraiser is complete! Yes, Holiday Pie fundraiser forms should have been given to me by Thursday September 20 - I did take a few stragglers on Friday but that should be it. Today, also marked the Speedway clean up for those who participated. This Wednesday evening the band will be focusing on details of the marching show.  We need to fix those diagonals and make certain that D I S C O is well scripted for everyone to see. There have been some changes with the formations, hopefully everyone has written them in their dot books.
Edline reports went out on Friday. Everyone is doing exceptional in all competencies - bravo!

Just a friendly reminder that practice logs are due tomorrow as well as ensemble critiques for the AHS v. Souhegan game. I have started to read and write my own comments on the ensemble critiques from the Londonderry game. Hopefully, I will be returning many of them by the end of this week.
The band and colorguard's next 2 performances are October 5 (AHS v.Conval) and the Salem Band Show on October 6. Below is the information that was mailed out this past Friday (9/21).

Dear Parents, Band Members and Colorguard,

The following is a schedule of events for the day regarding the Salem Band Show. This show is so popular that bleacher capacity was reached 2 days after the letters were mailed.


11:50 a.m.                                    BAND/COLORGUARD MEET IN THE MUSIC ROOM

NOON -3:00 p.m.                        FIELD REHEARSAL (FINE TUNING)

3:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.                        CLEAN UP AND PACK EQUIPMENT

3:20 p.m.-4:00 p.m.                        PIZZA PARTY & RELAXATION
(Sponsored by FOM)

4:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.                        Band gets dressed in uniforms
Uniform inspection & Load Percussion & Large Instruments in trucks

4:30 p.m.                                    BOARD THE BUSES for Salem

DESTINATION                         Salem High School  - Grant Field

A Salem High School student will be assigned to our band/colorguard to ensure that we can find our seats, the warm-up area, etc. Following our performance, we will pass in review.

The price of admission will be $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for students. Chaperones and staff are free!
The Salem Band Parent Association will have a concession stand - bring money :-)
To close out the evening, participation awards will be presented to the Drum Majors.

Allstudents will be coming back to AHS on the busses.  E T A 11:00 p.m.

Final Reminder: This is a scheduled non-district event.  THIS will be included as a performance grade- besides this is a GREATtime for everyone and a chance for us to “strut our stuff” along with many other high school marching units.

Please tell all your family and friends to come and support our endeavors!
If you have any questions or concerns please call me at 886-1265 or email

Please mark your calendars for the following events as well.

October 4 - FOM General Meeting (At this meeting the preliminary plans for our annual band trip will be discussed). 
October 13 - FOM Comedy Night and Silent Auction. This is great fundrasier and a way for the FOM parents to meet and greet each other. 
October 17 - AHS-HMS  Step up night.
October 27 - AHS -FOm Craft Fair, it's not too early to start your holiday shopping. 
Speaking of holiday shopping  - if you enjoy shopping on line please remember to go through our portal

 I have been asked about the "official" band photo. I will be meeting this week with Mr. Mata to discuss possible dates. I may use the Salem Band Show rehearsal time (much to my chagrin) but we need to get the "official" band photo done so come back to the AHSMUSIC. org website for more up to date details.

Looking forward to another great week! Hey, Jazz Band members you have an assignment due on Wednesday 9/26 make certain you check your Edline.